Tuesday 14 January 2014 

Video - Dhoni Looks Ahead To New Zealand Tour

Shortly after arriving in New Zealand, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni talks to the press ahead of his side's series of five One-Day Internationals and two Tests.

He says that things are looking good and he is glad that they have played both ODIs and Tests in South Africa shortly before this tour.

He adds, however, that while he is pleased with the way his batsmen are performing, he admits that sometimes his bowlers will struggle when there is not much spin on offer.

"Well you're looking at how the guys are shaping up, it gives me a very positive vibe that shifting over has happened very well," he began.

"The good thing, they were able to play a few Test matches in India before we started touring. In South Africa also I thought our batting performance was good. It was a very short series again, a two-Test match series, we had a bad session in the second Test match, that two and a half hour session, because of which we were on the receiving end.

"So overall I think I was quite happy with how the batsmen as a unit have performed, they have scored runs, so it's looking good.

With the batting line-up looking settled, India have called up uncapped fast bowler Ishwar Pandey, recalled Varun Aaron and picked all-rounder Stuart Binny to play in the ODIs.

"At the same time even though the bowling department, we have seen there's a few changes, without that perfect seaming all-rounder, you know with three seamers and one spinner playing, at times it becomes a bit difficult to man especially if there is nothing for the spinner," Dhoni added.

The series of matches begins with the opening ODI in Napier on Sunday (19th January).

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